Cyril Williams sentenced to life in Wesley Brown murder

Brown was just 24 when he was shot and killed by Williams. (Photo: Maryland State Police)

The man who was convicted of shooting and killing an off-duty Maryland State Police trooper in 2010 has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Cyril Williams, the 29-year-old Seat Pleasant man who was found guilty in February of first-degree murder, received the maximum sentence plus 25 years. He stood silently in an orange prison jumpsuit while a judge issued the sentence.

On May 11, 2010, Williams shot and killed Maryland State Police Trooper Wesley Brown while he was working security at an Applebee's restaurant in Forestville.

Police say that after Williams was thrown out of the restaurant for being drunk and disorderly, he arranged to get a gun from a friend. He then went back to the restaurant and shot and killed Brown when he stepped outside.

Brown was 24 years old.

The man who provided the gun to Williams, Anthony Milton, was sentenced to five years in prison on Feb. 24. He was found guilty of being an accessory after the fact and received his sentence after agreeing to testify against Williams.

Thursday's emotional sentencing was attended by numerous members of Brown's family and fellow troopers, including his fiance and his partner, Trooper Carl Pebbles.

"To have someone die in your arms (is) something you carry with you every day," Pebbles said.

Only an hour before the shooting, police say that Williams, a convicted drug dealer, shoved Pebbles on his way out of the restaurant. The trooper wanted to arrest Williams on the spot, but Brown had convinced him to let him go.

"He was always the good guy," Pebbles said.